VIVA LA FONDO DE CULTURA ECONOMICA
It started with my then agent telling me that a Mexican publisher wanted to publish BUG JACK BARRON in a cheap Mexican edition for a small advance. BUG JACK BARRON had been published in Spanish, but not in Mexico, since, like English language rights split between the US and Britain, Spanish language rights are generally split between Spain and Latin America. I shrugged, and said okay, not knowing much more about it, except that it was Paco Taibo, who I knew years ago, was making the deal, and I didn't think much more about it then.
But then Paco asked me to come to Mexico City for the book launch, which was also going to be the launch of a new collection of the overall publisher, La Fondo de Cultura Economica. What is that ? I asked, and Paco told me the brief version.
La Fondo de Cultura Economica is a non-profit publisher subsidized by the Mexican government which publishes 500 books a year, distributes the books of other publishers in…
VITAMIN C VERSES CORONAVIRUS Why I've not yet read this anywhere I don't know but that is why I'm duty-bound to do it myself: Vitamin C will be effective against the Coronavirus, personally, and collectively. Vitamin C promotes the body's creation of Interferon which is key to the strength of the immune system. Everyone should take at least 2000mg of Vitamin C, 1000 in the morning, 1000 in the evening, some say another 1000 mid-day. This is not curative, this is cautionary, keeping your immune system running at maximum. If you start to suspect that you may be feeling early symptoms take 1000 mg of Vitamin C an hour until your urine turns bright yellow, which means that your Vitamin C is at maximum and you are pissing away the rest. This will not always stop the infection but it frequently will. I am not making this up, it was discovered and elucidated by Linus Pauling, a Nobel class biochemist. Decades ago, I suffered chronic urinary infection like many men. When I as…
QUARANTINE by Norman Spinrad
If it wasn’t the best of times, at least it wasn’t the worst of times, or something like that, which is the opening line of a novel called A TALE OF TWO CITIES, and it seemed like this would be only a tale of one.
Back in the day before the Quarantine, Manhattan island was the heart and soul and pocketbook of New York City, to the extent that New York could have been said to have all three, Wall Street, Greenwich Village, Broadway and 42nd Street, and all that jazz. When you saw a movie or a TV show or an ad featuring New York, the Big Apple was Manhattan, not anything in what some visiting Californian must have dubbed the “Outer Boroughs,” the moral equivalent of Anaheim or Eagle Rock as far as a Hollywood wise guy was concerned.
Not that I was a Hollywood wise guy just because my sales office happened to be located on the seventh floor of one of those unglamorous glass towers at the busin…
THE 21ST CENTURY SHAMAN Alternate Medicines and the Scientific Method by Norman Spinrad Written over a decade ago as a proposal for a book that never got written but all too pertinent to the era of the coronavirus
There are many medical systems on this planet, some of them ancient, some of them new, more of them that not based on metaphorical systems. Only “Western” or “alliopathic” medicine is based on rigorous science. But many of the traditional non-western systems cure some conditions cure some conditions but not others.
Many of these cures work in practice, but not in theory. That is they do work, but not for the reasons the theory behind them contends, metaphoric shamanic systems that over centuries evolved them over trial and error, and some of these belief-based cures can do real harm. With the ones that do work, the shamans know they work, but are mistaken as to how.
This, at least to me, is an amazing interview done with me from way back in 1978 by Joseph S. Zitt, courtesy of Steve Davidson. A scanned pdf from what may have actually been a mimeographed fanzine. The only form in which I could put it here.
Fascinating to see how dead right I was about many things, how optimistically dead wrong about others! Strangely enough, maybe the best interview with me ever, certainly the best through 1978. And still, I think the longest.
This, including the illo, is posted on the Amazing Stories website.
This is more or less self-explanatory, written in real-time on my laptop, first at home, then from a hospital bed, and posted in real-time to a group email of friends and on Facebook, hence raw and repetative, but I believe, useful and honest in original form except for spelling check.
I think AN AGNOSTIC'S PRAYER may be of free-standing interest itself independent of the personal story which finds me writing this, having created this blog, still recovering, but, not 100% cured and in for some more chemotherapy, so I will post that separately too.
I have been diagnosed with stomach cancer and told that it is presently inoperable due to involvement of a mesentery lymph node, and my only chance to even live out the year is to undergo prior chemotherapy of one kind or another to shrink the secondary in order to make the primary operable.
I’m in the hands of Sloan-Kettering, which is supposed to be the best there is at least in the US, but I am…
GAY OR STRAIGHT, MARRIED OR NOT, ALL COUPLES ARE MATES!
by Norman Spinrad
A while back, Dona Sadock--my clumsily so-called “significant other”--and I attended a traditional wedding where the “bride and groom,” a man and a woman costumed more or less like the traditional little statues on the traditional wedding cake, became “husband” and “wife.” Dona and I had been “significant others” decades ago, parted for decades and married other people, which is to say officially became “wives and husbands,” were both divorced from our respective spouses, and have now once more been eachother’s “significant others,” for over a decade.
Awkwardly written paragraph, now isn’t it?
What do you call a man and a woman who are and have long been living together as “husband” and “wife” in every way save with either benefit of clergy or in the eyes of the state as “married?” How do the people in question introduce eachother to third parties?
THE POWER OF DIRTY WORDS--Illustrated!!!
by Norman Spinrad
In memorium: Lenny Bruce
Fuck, shit, piss, cunt.
Have I gotten your attention?
Of course I have!
These words have that magic power.
As we all know, fuck, shit, piss, and cunt are the rock bottom basic “dirty words.” Neither the New York Times nor any other establishment publication will print them. They may not be uttered on broadcast television.
Copulate, defecate, urinate, vagina.
These four words mean precisely the same things, but are perfectly kosher for polite discourse, publication, and prime time.
We all know that too, but do we all know why copulate, defecate, urinate, and vagina are “clean,” whereas their exact synonyms, fuck, shit, piss, and cunt are “dirty?” Why these words even have the power to render such innocentl…
AN HOUR LONG INTERVIEW WITH NORMAN SPINRAD
AT THE UTOPIALES FESTIVAL IN NANTES FRANCE
the questions are in in French, the answers are in English
I was in Nantes for the Utopiales festival, the most widely attended true mulitmedia sf event in the world (circa 50,000 attendees this year), and the best mix (literature, cinema, art, video games, science, etc.) and for the launch of my lastest LE TEMPS DU REVE, doing half a dozen or so panels and about a dozen magazine, internet, and television interviews in Nantes, and more in Paris.
Yes the novel, WELCOME TO YOUR DREAMTIME, was written in English and translated, but no I haven't been able to find an American publisher as yet, so this nationally publicized French edition is the world first edition.
How such thing could happen, or rather not happen, despite my being Guest of Honor at the forthcoming World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio next year and this being well-known, but on the other hand the sam…